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Dragon Con 2014 Saturday

Hello there!

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Our second day at Dragon Con began with us sleeping in a bit after a late night. The first thing Riley and Bethany did was to go see the famous Dragon Con parade! With hundreds of cosplayers from a wide variety of genres, franchises, and a mix of both, the parade was definitely a must see for anyone interested in seeing costumes or cosplaying. There was a big Star Wars presence in the parade from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs. There were also a number of Battlestar Galactica costumes, Final Fantasy, Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Anime, and various other video game, TV show, and movie characters.

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Dragon Con 2014 Friday

Greetings all!

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Our first day of Dragon Con started with the four of us (Riley, Bethany, Aaron, and Teresa) meeting up at the media relations room in the Hyatt hotel! We had a fast and professional check in, and started off the convention by showing Teresa around the hotels a little, as it is her first time at Dragon Con.

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From there we went to the Star Wars track room, run by Brandy Roatsey, in the Marriott (A-706) which, as usual, was well decorated. This year the theme was Star Wars Rebels, with Sabine’s graffiti painted over ad campaigns for the Empire!

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Riley and Bethany were then panelists on the “A Farewell to The Clone Wars and Hello Rebels” panel, and Riley moderated the panel. It was quite fun, with much lamenting over the ending of The Clone Wars, but equally as much excitement about Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka and Sabine were compared as characters, the panelists broke into song several times, Ezra was (of course) compared to Aladdin, and thoughts about the characters in the series were discussed.

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After finally being able to check into the hotel room, Riley and Bethany went to a podcasting panel: “The Sound of Silence,” which discussed podcast tips, what to do if you’re a new podcaster with a small audience, and more. Aaron and Teresa went to a voice actors panel.

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Bethany hit a few minutes of the “Introduction to Costuming” panel, which was a very helpful panel for those interested particularly in Star Wars costuming.

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Riley and Bethany then went Bryan Young’s “Book Club: A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination” panel, in which Bryan talked about his book, presidential assassinations, history, writing research, the importance of sharing stories with children, and more.

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After that, all four of us went to the awesome “Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars” mixer, and had a great time conversing, dancing, and in general mingling.
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After a long day (and night), we (and Reebok the ewok) finally went to bed; it was a great first day!

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If you haven’t been, make sure you try out Dragon Con sometime! If you see any of us during the convention, stop by and say “hi”!

~ Bethany Blanton

Pictures: Class Abounds at the Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars Party

I recently attended the Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars Party at Dragon Con, and it was an absolute blast! I have to say that it was refreshing to go to a more slowly paced party. The rave isn’t really my scene. I found that the 1940′s era theme and music really allowed for better conversations and socialization.

I certainly had an absolute blast, and will definitely go next year given the opportunity.

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There was much class.
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And the Star Wars Report staff all dressed up!

Stay tuned to the Star Wars Report for further Dragon Con 2014 coverage.

-Riley Blanton

See the Star Wars Report Staff at Dragon Con 2014

Hello there!

Dragon Con has always been one of my favorite Conventions to attend as a Star Wars fan, and I’m happy to announce that the SWR staff will be there in Force (pun intended). Dragon Con is the biggest geek convention in the Southeast, featuring many fandoms, forms of entertainment, dealers’ halls, panels, media personalities, parties, and more! The Star Wars fan track is run by Brandy Roatsey and a team of other Star Wars fans, featuring this year Star Wars authors, actor Sam Witwer, and other media guests and fans.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and keep on eye on our site for coverage! It’s going to be an absolute blast! The following is what you can expect to see from the Star Wars Report staff at Dragon Con as well as where you can find us this year.

  • Live tweeting of panels
  • Pictures
  • Podcast episodes covering the convention
  • Written panel recaps
  • Video of the convention

You can find Bethany Blanton and Riley Blanton as panelists on these two panels:

  • A Farewell to The Clone Wars and Hello Rebels (Marriott-A706)
  • Episode VII (Marriott-A601-602)

You can expect to find Aaron Goins and Teresa Delgado as hosts on these two panels:

  • A New Trope: Discussions with Star Wars Authors (Marriott-A706)
  • EU Legends: Authors Edition (Marriott-A706)

Expect to find all four of us at many other panels and events throughout the weekend! Be sure to drop by and say “hi,” and have fun at Dragon Con! Wear your finest at the Suits, Sinatra, and Star Wars mixer, party like it’s your last party on Alderaan, and remember to wear your Hawaiian/Aloha, or brightly colored shirts, on Sunday to remember A.C. Crispin and Aaron Allston.

Convention starts tomorrow folks!

What’s Up with Dragon Con? – SWR #140

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On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany are joined by Brandy Roatsey, Director of the Star Wars Track at Dragon con to talk about the upcoming convention.

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Topics include:

  1. How Brandy Became a SW fan
  2. Dragon Con’s diversity
  3. What fans can look forward to this year
  4. Bethany and Riley will be on panels!
  5. And more!
  • Download the mp3 HERE: (Right-click and “save as”.)
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